Ex-Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney found not guilty of assault

A former Minnesota Vikings first-round pick was found not guilty of assault on Thursday.

Court records show Jeff Gladney was acquitted of a third-degree felony assault charge after he was accused of grabbing and squeezing a woman’s neck and throat.

The Vikings released Gladney on Aug. 3, 2021 — the day he was indicted in Dallas County, Texas.

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Minnesota picked Gladney 31st overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. He then played in all 16 games his rookie season, totaling 75 tackles, 3 passes defended and 1 forced fumble.

Gladney still has a civil case filed against him in connection to the incident.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has reached out to the Vikings for a statement on Gladney’s acquittal but has not yet heard back.

The 25-year-old remains a free agent.